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2006 National Air Quality Conference San Antonio, TX Kathy Daniel Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Today’s agenda • Overview of SRTS program • Community Partner activities • Discuss ways to benefit from the SRTS program • Show you where to get more information Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Today I am NOT going to • Pretend to be an expert on the SRTS program • Tell you details about the SRTS program Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program Purpose • Enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school • Make walking and bicycling to school safer and more appealing transportation alternatives • Facilitate planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools Follow the Money… Congress FHWA State DOTs Infrastructure Non-Infrastructure Related Projects Related Activities SRTS Funding Fiscal Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Authorization $54 M $100 M $125 M $150 M $183 M • Apportionment Ratio • Each state’s primary and middle school (K-8) enrollment divided by all states’ enrollment • Minimum: $1,000,000/Fiscal Year/State • SRTS Coordinator funded from State apportionment SRTS Eligible Projects & Activities Infrastructure Related • Sidewalk improvements • Traffic calming & speed reduction Non-Infrastructure Related improvements • Public awareness campaigns • Pedestrian & bicycle-crossing • Outreach to press & improvements community leaders • On-street bicycle facilities • Student sessions on • Off-street bicycle & pedestrian pedestrian & bicycle safety, health, and environment facilities • Traffic education & enforcement • Secure bicycle parking facilities • SRTS training and volunteers • Traffic diversion improvements • Funding for SRTS coordinator Other SRTS Activities National SRTS Clearinghouse • Information and educational programs • Technical assistance National SRTS Task Force • Leaders in health, transportation, and education • Study and develop a strategy to advance SRTS nationwide http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/saferoutes/ How can you benefit from SRTS? Help your State’s SRTS Coordinator Share your expertise with It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air • Coalition members • Channels of communication • Materials Find out how to apply for funds Keep doing what you do best…raise awareness!
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